Sunday, 19 August 2018

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  • Direct lending strategies still raking in capital

    Loans | 10 August 2018

    Investors continue to inject capital into US middle market direct lending strategies at a pace that could result in 2018 fundraising surpassing the record tallies seen in 2016 and 2017.

  • Middle market pricing ticks up

    Loans | 13 July 2018

    US middle market loan pricing is increasing at a slower rate than the larger US leveraged loan market, where assertive investors with more deals to choose from are winning concessions on pricing and documentation.

  • Highly leveraged buyouts peaking

    Loans | 22 June 2018

    The share of US institutional middle market loans that are classified as highly leveraged has hit a record high as strong investor demand continues to put pressure on midcap lending.

  • Firms focus on buy-and-build growth strategies

    Loans | 18 May 2018

    US middle market companies and their private equity sponsors are focusing on growing through ‘buy and build’ strategies, rather than transformative acquisitions, despite a surge in global merger and acquisition activity, as they prepare for a possible macroeconomic downturn.

  • BDCs move to boost leverage

    Loans | 20 April 2018

    Some Business Development Companies have already received board approval to increase the amount of debt that they can borrow after US legislation passed in March allowed them to double leverage on their funds.

  • Mid-market CLOs still on the hook for risk retention

    Structured Finance | 23 March 2018

    Managers of CLO funds that lend to mid-market US companies must continue to meet ‘skin in the game’ rules despite a court ruling which let most of the investment firms off the hook.

  • Highly rated borrowers drive pricing lower

    Loans | 09 March 2018

    Highly rated US leveraged loan issuers such as packaged foods company Pinnacle Foods and auto parts maker Allison Transmission are taking advantage of strong investor appetite for floating-rate assets to further cut borrowing costs.

  • Loan market shrugs off equity volatility

    Loans | 09 February 2018

    Volatility roiled the equity markets last week, but the US loan market barely paused as the asset class continues to look attractive to investors concerned about rising interest rates and potential inflation.

  • Lenders sweat over debt levels

    Loans | 12 January 2018

    Lenders to US mid-sized businesses are increasingly concerned about the higher levels of debt held by middle market companies compared with a year ago, as well as what they consider to be less restrictive leveraged loan documents, a survey by Carl Marks Advisors found.

  • FS teams with KKR to create lending platform

    Loans | 15 December 2017

    Alternative investment manager FS Investments has agreed to form a new partnership with investment firm KKR to create a middle market alternative lending platform that will manage a combined US$18bn in business development company assets, making it the largest platform of its kind.

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